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WUNC reports from Greensboro about Guilford County and surrounding area.

Historical Marker in Greensboro Causes Controversy

KKK members take weapons from the back of a car prior to the shooting between them and members of the Workers Viewpoint Organization/Communist Workers Party on Nov. 3, 1979.
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KKK members take weapons from the back of a car prior to the shooting between them and members of the Workers Viewpoint Organization/Communist Workers Party on Nov. 3, 1979.

In 1979 a clash between white supremacist groups and protestors in Greensboro left five dead and 12 badly injured.   The incident gained national attention and over the past 36 years the city has undergone a number of programs to try and provide some reconciliation.  But a new move by the North Carolina Highway Advisory Marker Committee is drawing some controversy. 

The committee, in a meeting last week with the Greensboro City Council, proposed putting a marker that says "The Greensboro Massacre".  That caused some members of the Council to take issue, saying that the word "massacre" supposes that only one group was armed.    The City Council will take up the issue again next week.

Joe Killian has been reporting on the issue. The News & Record has created an extensive gallery of "photos taken during and after the 1979 shootout between members of the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party and Communist Workers’ Party that led to the death of four CWP members and one supporter." Note, some of the images may not be suitable for children.

Killian talked with Phoebe Judge.

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